Security Planner – Improve your online safety with tools for your needs.

The Citizen Lab, an

interdisciplinary laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, focusing on research, development, and high-level strategic policy and legal engagement at the intersection of information and communication technologies, human rights, and global security.

released “Security Planner” early last week. Security Planner is a tool that will guide everybody through their Internet usage habits with only few simple questions

Answer a few simple questions to get personalized recommendations of free and open-source software. It’s confidential — no personal information is stored, and we won’t access any of your online accounts.

With this information, it provides simple steps and personalized safety recommendations to follow for the improvement of individuals privacy online. The recommendations base on free- and open source projects and best practices, aiming to raise awareness and help people maintain better privacy.

Source: Security Planner – Improve your online safety with tools for your needs.

Smart TV Security

So, this is the future of security with smart devices.

Samsung has confirmed that its “smart TV” sets are listening to customers’ every word, and the company is warning customers not to speak about personal information while near the TV sets. The company revealed that the voice activation feature on its smart TVs will capture all nearby conversations. The TV sets can share the information, including sensitive data, with Samsung as well as third-party services. The news comes after Shane Harris at The Daily Beast pointed out a troubling line in Samsung’s privacy policy: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party.” Samsung has now issued a new statement clarifying how the voice activation feature works. “If a consumer consents and uses the voice recognition feature, voice data is provided to a third party during a requested voice command search,” Samsung said in a statement. “At that time, the voice data is sent to a server, which searches for the requested content then returns the desired content to the TV.” The company added that it does not retain or sell the voice data, but it didn’t name the third party that translates users’ speech. Update, Feb. 10: Samsung has updated its policy and named the third party in question, Nuance Communications, Inc. Meghan DeMaria

via: Samsung warns customers not to discuss personal information in front of smart TVs

Docker 1.10

Docker announced version 1.10 past week. The new release contains more than 100 improvements over the previous version. New features include better resource management, a more flexible docker-compose file format and improvements to security. These are in particular through user namespace isolation, implementation of seccomp for syscall filtering and an authorization plugin to restrict access to Docker engine features.

We’re pleased to announce Docker 1.10, jam-packed with stuff you’ve been asking for. It’s now much easier to define and run complex distributed apps with Docker Compose. The power that Compose brou…

via: Docker Blog
Release notes.

State of Internet of things security

Forrester, well known for their predictions on the impact of technology, took a look at the state of Internet of Things Security. To no surprise they came to the conclusion the technology still has to come a long way.


Forrester’s take on the Internet of things isn’t that shocking–the industry has developed with little thought about security–but the time frames are jarring nonetheless.

Quelle:  ZDNet

Internet of Things security

Security on the Internet of things has often been said to be bad. Apparently Shodan runs a search engine for sleeping kids. Through kids monitor cams available to watch. Publicly on the internet. Enough proof the Internet of Things really needs security. 

Shodan search engine is only the latest reminder of why we need to fix IoT security.

Quelle: Internet of Things security is so bad, there’s a search engine for sleeping kids | Ars Technica